breakfast

quinoa banana bread

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For the record, I am NOT gluten-free.  I do, however, like to mix it up every now and then and experiment with new ingredients.  I have been, very falsely, of the mindset that no gluten-free cake or bread could ever compare to the structure that good old wheat flour brings to all things baked.  I was wrong.  Well, at least based on the results of this recipe.

If you haven't worked with it before, quinoa flour has a very distinctive funky-nutty flavor that compliments (and even enhances) the other ingredients in this bread.  The original recipe called for 1/2 c of rice flour which I switched out for more quinoa (only because I forgot to buy rice flour).  I can imagine that that would have given the bread a bit more structure rather than the cake-like texture that I got.  Details, details.  Honestly, it's not really even worth mentioning because it was so good there was nothing left less than 24 hours later.

One more NB: I opted to use coconut palm sugar in this recipe to add to the already nutrient, protein and fiber rich quinoa.  The sugar is low on the glycemic index and contains a decent amount of amino acids.  Not bad considering we are talking cake.

Make this one particularly blustery afternoon.  You won't be disappointed.

quinoa banana bread

adapted from la tartine gourmande

2 eggs

1/2 cup coconut palm sugar

7 T butter, melted and cooled (use the remaining 1 T to prepare the pan)

1 c + 3 T quinoa flour

1/3 c quinoa flakes

1 t baking powder

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 t cinnamon

1 t sea salt

3 oz (or one bar) of  great quality dark chocolate, chopped

1/2 c walnuts, chopped

1 apple, peeled, cored and grated

2 very ripe bananas, mashed

Pre-heat oven to 350º

Prepare a bread pan by greasing it with the remaining 1 T of butter.  Dust the pan with a small amount of quinoa flour, tapping out the excess.

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In a standing mixer, combine the eggs and sugar together until they lighten and slightly thicken.

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Add the cooled butter and mix again. Combine the quinoa flour, flakes, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt in another bowl.

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Mix the wet and dry ingredients gently together with a rubber spatula.  Fold in the banana and apple and then the chocolate and nuts, taking care not to over mix.

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Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until done.

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quinoa-banana-bread

Cool completely before cutting.

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